Depression, Tinnitus, Heart conditions And Bioenergetics
What might the heart and kidneys have to do with hearing and emotional problems?
When we think about health we mostly refer to what we can touch and feel and see. But there is a whole other layer to consider.
Today I want to talk about heart and kidney health from a bioenergetic point of view, and it’s impact on the brain and the processing of emotions and the role the heart and/or kidneys possibly play in conditions like tinnitus or other cognitive problems. But first of all, let’s clarify what bioenergetics actually is.
How do you define bioenergetics?
Bioenergetics is the biology of energy transformation and energy exchanges within and between living things and their environments.
So, the field of bioenergetics might look at how our heart communicates with our brain via informational pathways. On a physical level, this is one good example because the heart and the brain both share similar neurons.
Dr. Armour, in 1991, discovered that the heart has its “little brain” or “intrinsic cardiac nervous system.” This “heart brain” is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons that are alike neurons in the brain, meaning that the heart has its own nervous system. In addition, the heart communicates with the brain in many ways: neurologically, biochemically, biophysically, and energetically. The vagus nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body, carries information from the heart and other internal organs to the brain. He also found that the heart sends more signals to the brain than the other way around. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31728781/)
On a more esoteric, energetic or emotional level, this has interesting correlations to common sayings in every day life: ‘listen to your heart‘, or ‘what does your heart tell you?‘ We say these things without even fully considering their implications. In chinese medicine, the heart is considered The Emperor, and therefore the ruler of the body and is correlated with the positive emotion of joy, and the negative emotion of hatred.
So on an emotional level, if our heart is hurting, it can interfere with the informational transfer to the brain and affect its optimal functioning, hence the link to depression, cognitive decline or tinnitus.
Interestingly, the heart also has a much larger magnetic field than the brain does, so from the bioenergetic point of view it makes perfect sense that the heart receives information before the brain does.
How are the heart and kidneys connected in a physical sense?
The kidneys job is to filter blood that has been pumped from the heart. It also helps regulate the water and salt levels to control blood pressure.
Recent research has shown that heart failure is a risk factor for patients with chronic kidney disease.(https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28515118/)
When the kidneys become impaired, the hormone system, which regulates blood pressure, goes into overdrive in an attempt to increase blood supply to the kidneys. The heart then has to pump against higher pressure in the arteries, and eventually suffers from the increase in workload.
What is the bioenergetic connection between the heart and kidneys?
In Chinese medicine, as well as other energy medicine modalities such as NES Health, the kidneys are seen as the driver of life force energy. They house the adrenal glands which have an impact on the hormonal system also. But, there is a strong non-physical component to this life force energy, just as there is a non-physical component to our emotions. Energy medicine modalities approach health in a way that is preventative rather than curative. So, to get to the bottom of kidney, heart or cognitive conditions, the practitioner first considers the energy flow of the whole system, and sees the symbiotic relationship between the physical and the non physical. If someone suffers from tinnitus, depression, cognitive decline or a heart condition, rather than looking at the brain or the heart first, the bioenergetic practitioner also considers the kidney energy, as well as the emotional disposition of the patient.
What is a sign your kidney energy is stagnated?
Simply put, you might suffer from depression, have unexplained tinnitus, have no energy and have a lot of unresolved fear. In order to feel better, you can:
Practice qigong to get stagnated energy flowing which will have a direct impact on your physical health
Use EFT to resolve emotional issues (a therapy which taps on certain chinese meridian points in a certain sequence. This modality has been very successful with helping veterans with post traumatic stress disorder
See a Chinese medicine practitioner
See a NES Health practitioner and get a Body Field assessment and follow recommendations
Address the biggest stressors in your life with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Practice meditation and/or vocal toning to calm your nervous system and reduce the adrenalin being pumped around your body to allow the kidneys to rest
It’s not recommended to do very strenuous os exercise with kidney stagnation as you could make the issue worse. Think restorative exercises such as qigong or yin yoga ( a lower key kind of yoga)
Another way you can know what information is not ‘flowing’ correctly:
There are now modern ways of assessing this energy flow, other than being skilled at detecting the pulse of the blood which Chinese medicine practitioners are trained to do and ahve been doing for thousands of years by taking time to feel around on their patients wrist. Nes Health has 30 years of research behind it in bioenergetics and it has evolved to the point that an assessment of energetic flow can be taken simply by the sound of a persons voice with specific voice technology. You can find more information about that here.
So if you do suffer from heart problems, depression or tinnitus or other cognitive issues, it might be worth considering the energy flow from your kidneys, and how this flow connects up to the heart and then to the brain. Of course, there could be many other reasons why you may be experiencing these health conditions, but from a bioenergetic point of view, this is one possibility.
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DISCLAIMER: Energy medicine is to be used in conjunction with standard medical treatment rather than as a replacement for serious health conditions. Not considered medical advice.